Ten Easy Steps to Get Back in the Writing Groove

Writers are notorious for not writing. We put it off, make excuses, “forget,” shove it to the bottom of our priority lists, and generally let life get in the way–anything to keep from writing. Why do we do this? Most of us are happiest when we’re actually writing and showing progress. But writing is hard. It’s tough. So we push it aside and say we’ll get to it later. But later never seems to come.

I’ve developed a ten-day program to overcome chronic procrastination and get writers back in the groove. Each step is a building block and is added to the previous step. By the time you get to the end, repeating all the steps over and over, believe me, you will feel so guilty that writing will be a relief.

Day 1: Think about writing. Think about your WIP or a new idea. Think about the characters. Don’t write.

Day 2: Walk back and forth in front of the computer for two minutes. Don’t write.

Day 3: Sit in front of the computer for five minutes. But don’t write.

Day 4: Turn on the computer. Don’t write.

Day 5: Put fingers on the keyboard. Don’t write.

Day 6: Open document. Don’t write.

Day 7: Find the place you left off. Read a little of what you’ve written. If it’s a new story–format the manuscript. But don’t write.

Day 8: Repeat the mantra: I am a writer, therefore I write. But don’t.

Day 9: By this time, you should be suffering from DWB—deadly word buildup. So write. Celebrate. Eat chocolate.

Day 10: Repeat as needed.

Happy Writing!!! Anne Marie ☺

About AnneMarie

I enjoy writing old-fashioned romance with a whole lot of sizzle ~~~ Favorite Books: All of Georgette Heyer's wonderful Regency Romances; Gone With the Wind; The Little House Books; Harry Potter; Anne of Green Gables; This Heart of Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips ~~~ Favorite Movies: Return to Me; An Affair to Remember; Sebrina (newer version); Sarah Plain and Tall; Roman Holiday; Pretty Woman ~~~ Favorite Music: Moody Blues, Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Jim Croce, Elton John, Seals & Crofts, Chicago, John Denver ~~~ Favorite Quotation: "Love Conquers All" ~~~~ AnneMarie Trivia: I love hummingbirds :) ~~~~ ABOUT MY LONE STAR ROMANCES: When people think of Texas, they usually think about cowboys, ranches and horses. But Texas is more than that. It’s not just a place; it’s an attitude, a state of mind. Everything is bigger and better in Texas, or so it seems to those of us living here. My favorite kind of hero is tall, dark and Texan. Whether a rugged sexy cowboy or a single-dad teaching at the local high school, these heroes are strong men waiting for strong women to call their own—no matter how hard they fight it, no matter how loudly they deny it. I hope you enjoy reading about my Lone Star Heroes and the women they fall in love with. There are those who say life’s too short not to live it as a Texan. I say LIFE'S TOO SHORT NOT TO LOVE A TEXAN!!! Happy Reading!!!
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